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Top 10 Things to do in Uganda

Top 10 Things to do in Uganda

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Here are our top 10 things to do in Uganda.

Sir Winston Churchill proclaimed Uganda to be “the pearl of Africa” and he certainly wasn’t wrong.
 
Uganda is a microcosm of Africa. It invigorates the sense like few countries on this earth do, with spectacular sights, fascinating wildlife and an array of exotic flavors and smells. Along with the fantastic safari tours on offer, Uganda provides an abundance of incredible holiday activities. Here are our top 10 things to do in Uganda (in no particular order).
 
1. Ssese Islands

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The Ssese islands see sunsets like this every night. Photo by World Island Info
Many would find it unfathomable that a group of the worlds most luxurious islands can be found in the heart of mainland Africa, however Uganda takes pride in the fact it has lake Victoria, one of the great African lakes and the source of the river Nile.
Lake Victoria also contains 84 tropical islands, of which around 43 are inhabited. These islands are a hidden gem, but now you know about them why not indulge in the island life and bathe in the glorious African sun before furtively sweeping through the island forests, searching for the rich array of wildlife. Evenings are for chatting with locals and eating the fresh fish that you caught that after-noon.
2. Rwenzori National Park

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The Rwenzori Foothills are truly mesmerizing. Photo by Sarahemcc.
The Rwenzori National park doesn’t offer treks for the faint-hearted. The mountain ranges are tough but climbers will be rewarded with some of the most scintillating scenery on the planet.
With the diversity of rich plant-life, prodigious waterfalls and stunning glaciers, Rwenzori National Park lists an unrivaled amount of beautiful scenery.
3. Kampala

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Bean market in Kampala. Photo by CIAT 
Rwanda’s largest city and also it’s capital is one of Africa’s most hospitable spots and undeniably one of its most impressive.
Having ridden the storm of war and corruption throughout the brutal era of Idi Amin, Ugandan’s nowadays are proud and warm people, having put the past behind them and now truly fixed on having a good time and showcasing what their beautiful nation has to offer. Kampala is the greatest example of this.
With attractions such as the Uganda museum, the Ndere center and the Kasubi Tombs, Kampala will thrust you into a mix of historic information and contemporary Africa.
4. Bwindi National Park

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Mystical imagery on the Bwindi tour
Bwindi National Park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is just on the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. As you might have guessed by the name, this is an imposing, dense forest that’s only accessible by foot. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you’re looking for wildlife, this is one of the best places in Uganda you can visit as it boasts one of the richest ecosystems in Africa. According to Wikipedia, you’ll find “120 species of mammal, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies and 27 species of frogs.” Not to mention all the chameleons, geckos and other species around.
5. Murchison Falls

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crashing waterfalls at Murchison National Park
Murchison Falls is a powerful waterfall on the river Nile. A trip to the waterfall will not only offer the traveler magnificent views, but also a fantastic opportunity to get involved in some fishing. In the area you’ll also find a whole host of diverse wildlife, ranging from crocodiles to giraffes.
6. Nalubale White-Water Rafting

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Nalubale offers incredible white-water rafting.
A rafting trip in Uganda might not be the first thing you think of when you imagine your Uganda travels, but those who experience rafting in Nalubale often count it as one of the highlights of their trip. It’s often challenging, but companies in the region offer safety boats to ensure you stay in one piece and have the rafting trip of a lifetime.
7. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Rhino’s are one of Africa’s greatest attractions
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is one of Uganda’s highlights, and is found about 176km from Kampala (the Ugandan capital).
The sanctuary is run by the Uganda Wildlife Authority in collaboration with the Rhino Fund Uganda and Ziwa Ranchers Limited. Here you can enjoy seeing families of rhinos in a protected habitat.
8. Ndere Centre
Tribal men put on a spectacle at the Ndere Centre, Uganda
The aim of the Ndere Centre, in their own words, is to “rekindle, rehabilitate, galvanize, promote and sustain the positive sense of pride, confidence, self radiance and efficacy of the Ugandan person as… a contributing member of the global human family.” No shortage of ambition from these guys.
You’ll find the Ndere Centre to be a great source of information about Ugandan culture. Those seeking to know more about the country’s music, dance and traditions will be delighted by their shows and their barbecues are also well worth checking out.
9. Kibale National Park
Cheeky chimp in Kibale National Park. Photo by Sarahemcc
Track the trails of the ubiquitous Chimpanzee in this special primate trekking adventure. With 12 other primates to look out for, you will certainly witness the everyday life of hundreds of cheeky swinging monkeys.
10. Straddle the Equator
This cyclist is just about to change hemispheres
Stand on the middle of the equator and let your imaginations run wild. A great photo opportunity more than anything but who wouldn’t want to have one foot in the northern hemisphere and one in the south.
Great sites like these are kept possible by conservation centers like the Uganda Conservation Foundation – facilitating practical conservation projects to benefit wildlife, habitats and the present and future local population.
Uganda can be hard to get around, in which case I love using this triposo travel app, the perfect tool for not missing a beat when I’m traveling – “delivering up-to-date information, detailed maps and intelligent recommendations.”
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African summer holiday trip

African summer holiday trip
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Serengeti National Park

Guidance for African summer holiday trip

Are you planning and looking for African summer holiday trip –want to go out a week somewhere exotic, interesting or just plain sunny! Here at Nature Bound Africa like to help you to plan your dream trip of this summer, whether that’s a budget break for the whole family or a couples’ retreat exploring a romantic city!

For some Folks, your summer holidays can not be enjoyable without a pool, a sandy beach and cocktails at sunset – if this sounds like you, we certainly have some sunny breaks that you’ll enjoy!

Indian Ocean Summer

As the Indian Ocean summer in the tropical countries is especially favorable for recreation, in September – August. We suggest you go to the Tropical resorts: you are offered unspoiled beaches of Zanzibar and Mombasa, soothing beauty of Lamu and of Stone Town amazing excursions, surfing in Mombasa and Aphrodite Festival in Lamu. In addition, in September – August the best time to visit Mombasa and Zanzibar.

What to Consider When Planning a Safari

What to Consider When Planning a Safari for your Family

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Looking for ideas for your next family holiday? Forget Disney World why not consider something fun and educational at the same time.  Take your children miles away from TV, video games and computers and get back to nature with an African safari with Nature Bound Africa.

Not only will children will be exposed to incredible wildlife but also a vastly different culture. Imagine your children seeing a magnificent Maasai warrior for the first time or learning to make a fire from wood and stone! What may appear to be a daunting process, planning a safari for the whole family is not as difficult as it may first appear.

Here are some things to consider before booking:

1.Countries such as Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania have more experience in dealing with families so they should possibly be your first port of call.

2. The safari peak season is June to Oct. If you are looking to save a few pennies and you are tied to travelling during the European school holidays (ie the peak season), consider visiting Rwanda or Uganda which are the exception – having their low season during these months.

3.If you are worried about long flights consider East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) where the flights are shorter (around 8 hrs from Europe).  In saying that, an overnight flight and with the time difference either 1 or 2 hours (depending on time of year) there is no jet lag to contend with.

4. Not all safari lodges take children or allow them onto game drives. You may need to consider a private vehicle or babysitting services. Nature Bound Africa know’s the lodges which are child friendly offering specially tailored child-centred activities which will give parents a break and provide endless hours of fun and learning for the children.

5. Consider which East African countries require vaccinations and malaria tablets.

6. Don’t plan for too long on safari, if you are away for 2 weeks combine your safari with a beach break in the likes of Zanzibar or Mombasa. Most of the resorts or hotels on the beach offer kid’s clubs, brilliant activities and water sports as well as family rooms.

7. Nature Bound Africa has experience in planning family holidays to East Africa in order that it is expertly organized.

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Tanzania in a Nutshell

Tanzania in a Nutshell

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Tanzania in a Nutshell
From wilderness safaris to trekking mountains in the southern highlands to snoozing on idyllic beaches, Tanzania tours provide the amateur and the experienced with holidays to remember.
Things to do in Tanzania

Main Attractions and Tourist Regions in Tanzania

Linked to the Masai Mara grasslands of Kenya, the Tanzanian Serengeti is the top spot in Africa for wildlife safaris, seeing African game in their unspoiled habitat and perching among some of the most beautiful and rare animals in the world. This vast park attracts visitors from all over the world and one sight that simply can’t be missed is the annual wildebeest migration, a wildlife seekers heaven.
Just the name Mt Kilimanjaro should be enough to entice any adventure traveler to Tanzania’s National park and to the peak of Africa. Tours to Mt Kilimanjaro offer unrivaled sights from the top of Africa’s highest and most recognized mountain. Due to the dense rain-forest at the bottom of the mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro treks offer an African safari on top of just the splendor of the main climb.

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Tanzanian safaris boast plenty of wild lions. Photo by Anita Ritenour
Ngorongoro Crater is widely considered as one of the most special African experiences. Its untainted landscape and rich wildlife offers arguably the best safari tour in Africa. With amazing animals ranging from Rhinos, elephants, lions and buffaloes plus many, many more, along with being introduced to local Masai Mara tribesmen, this scintillating tour is one reason why Tanzania is an African gem.
Ruaha National park is Tanzania’s second largest and also offers tremendous amounts of game.
Zanzibar Town is in a realm of its own and a whole new reason to visit Tanzania. It is a World Heritage Site for a reason. With its beautifully networked labyrinthine alleys, meandering below picturesque colonial architecture, the old quarter of Stone Town is a walking museum and is warrants an imperative visit on everybody’s list. Sitting quietly a few streets down you will stumble across exotic palm lined beaches and pristine blue waters. An incredible discovery for newcomers to Tanzania tours.

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Tribal Tanzanian boy with eccentric head-wear. Photo by Andreas Roksvaag

 

So What’s Tanzania all about?
Food and Culture of Tanzania
Typically carbohydrate based, the cornmeal porridge called Ugali is a staple dish in the Tanzanian diet. Tanzanian food also boasts many luxurious spicy dishes, particularly around the coastal regions. A welcome addition to fish and rice meals is the common use of coconut milk, providing sensuous flavors.
Tanzanian food also consists of a lot of beans, sorghum, millet and plantain. Groundnuts are an important part of the diet in Tanzania too.
With 128 languages spoken throughout Tanzania and many tribes, it is wonderful to get lost in and absorb the diversity of Tanzanian culture. Enjoy the splendid and meticulous arts and crafts and marvel at the array of glamorous clothing within tribes.
When to go to Tanzania
What time of the year is best to visit Tanzania?
January and February are widely considered as the best months to visit Tanzania due to being the start of the dry season. Similarly, June through to October are just as spectacular to travel to Tanzania. Off months are March-April and November-December.

Safari Adventure Travel Tips 

Safari Adventure Travel Tips 

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8 Tried and Tested Safari Tips
[1] Go on as many game drives as you can

If you want to see a lot of wildlife, your chances increase in numbers. You can’t expect to see all of the ‘Big Five’ on one game drive; that’s like winning the safari lottery. Be patient, take in the amazing scenery, keep an eye out, and eventually you will see a lot of amazing wildlife.

[2] Don’t miss out on a night drive

Most of the major national parks and game reserves give visitors the option to go on a guided night drive. Make sure to do at least one! It’s a unique chance to see nocturnal animals (e.g. lions, leopards and hyenas) being active.

[3] Bring a good camera

You’re definitely going to want to document the amazing scenery and wildlife you see. To get the best quality photos possible, a DSLR is ideal. However, if you don’t have one already and don’t want to dish out the big bucks before going on a pricey safari, it is possible to get some great photos using a good point-and-shoot with a decent zoom.

[4] Get binoculars or a fancy zoom lens

Most of the animals you’ll see won’t be right next to the safari truck. So if you’ll want to get a good close-up look, you’ll need a pair of binoculars (if you only have a point-and-shoot camera), or a DSLR with a big zoom lens. Of course the latter would be better because then you’ll also get amazing close-up photos, like this one:

[5] Wear earth colours

Bright colours and patterns can scare away some animals, so it’s a good idea to wear clothing in neutral earth colours, which will help you blend into the natural environment.

[6] Resist the urge to yell “Pumbaa!” when you see a warthog

Not only would this make you look slightly immature (and obnoxious), but it would probably also scare away the warthog and any other animals that happened to be nearby. Try to generally be as quiet as possible during a game drive.

[7] Don’t flash an angry elephant

Elephants are a lot scarier than they might seem. These massive animals often hang out on safari routes, get very close to trucks and sometimes get pretty peeved off at tourist paparazzi (especially when there are calves about). You can tell an elephant is angry when it’s fanning out and shaking its ears. Elephants are one of the few animals that can take down a safari truck, so if you want to avoid being charged and trampled, it’s a good idea to stop taking pictures when an angry elephant is close by–this is particularly important on night drives when you’re taking pictures with flash.

[8] Bring a head torch

When you’re camping in national parks and reserves while on safari–or really anytime you’re camping or backpacking anywhere–a head torch (otherwise known as a headlamp) is a very handy thing to have on hand. Not only will it light the way to anywhere you need to go after dark, but it’ll also leave your hands free to shuffle through your things to find whatever you’re looking for in your pack or tent, and even allow you to easily read a book in the dark. I never go on a backpacking trip without one!

Have you been on safari and have some tips of your own? Please share them by leaving a comment below.

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